Contest History
Did you know?
Power Blocs & Unlucky 13
The meaning & politics. What Fans & 
Critics Say

Love it or leave it.
Past Winners
ABBA to Celine Dion.


How CITY PAPER fared picking the winners. 

In Estonia: They’d never seen anything quite like it.
Back to the Baltics
Is there a new Baltic Eurovision dynasty?
Don't Laugh
During Soviet rule, Eurovision was more than just a song contest.
Media Watch
Praise, mostly, for the 2002 Estonian hosts.

2003 Songs
Singers/song reviews.
2002 Songs
Click on “ESC 2002,” then on  the nation.

Musical Insults
Putting down that song you hate.

Tea with the President
Latvia's Iron Lady.
Latvia's Epic
And they drove the alien forces back to the walls of Riga....
Top of the Pops
Writing a No. 1 hit in a small Baltic nation.




Reuters, May 26, 2002: “CITY PAPER... the only media outlet that tipped I Wanna as this year’s winner.”

Foreign Estonian, Vello Vikerkaar, takes on Estonian Eurovision in his humorous article for City Paper, “The Last Days of Pompeii: Eurovision and Estonia.”
           “Blonde + Microphone ≠ Music,” writes Vikerkaar. Vikerkaar calls the contest a “teen conspiracy” and urges readers to run for their lives from the “Suntribe eruption.”
            While Vikerkaar characterizes the Estonian Eurovision broadcast as “an amateur talent hour” and Ain Hanschmidt’s outfit as “a purple pimp shirt and sharkskin suit,” he does not completely condemn the contest. He praises the choice of the jury, “Have you Ever,” by Rebecca. He sees the value in Eurovision, since “Like all of us, Eurovision is a living, thriving contradiction.”
            The complete article can be read here.              

Eurovision: What It Is / Past Winners / Fans & Critics on Eurovision
2003 Contest in Riga:
Turkey Wins, Britain & Baltics Bomb / Full CITY PAPER Song Reviews and Rankings / News & Gossip from RigaCITY PAPER Pre-Contest Predictions Eurovision Week's Events Venue Photo / Latvia Wins / 

2002 Contest: Predictions / Whacky & Wonderful / Results / Soviet-era Club / Logan / Birdvision / Tallinn Prepares / Producer / Singers / Magazine / Wogan / News / Venue
Links: Official Istanbul and Other Eurovision Sites 

An interview with a 2003 Contest host.

Don’t Laugh!
Under the Soviets, Euro-
was serious stuff.

er articles about Latvia: 

Defector's Daughter  / Latvian 
/ Film Makers Defy Soviets
/ Killing Field / Latvian Epic / Crusaders
/ Coke Does Kvas / Hockey Mad /
20th Century Man 

Other Baltic articles: Kazaa—Baltic-made / Napoleon Graves 
/  Ozzy / Sex Tourism / Better Red Than Dead  / Baltic Models
Tali Twins
/ EU  /  Hitler’s Color / Top 
of the Pops
/ StalinWorld





Quote Du Jour
This victory is a cornerstone that will set the atmosphere for our entry into the EU. By winning Eurovision, Turkey has earned a lot of sympathy from the European people. 
Turkey's euphoric State Minister Kursat Tuzmen after the country's entrant won in Riga.   

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